Little Gold Men by Vanity Fair

Little Gold Men is the inside story of Hollywood, from awards shows and red-carpet premieres to the hard work and whisper campaigns that get people there. Weekly episodes feature obsessive, expert conversations about the best of television and film, with special guest appearances from stars, creators, and critics. LGM also dives deep into Oscar history, and offers insight into all the other awards that make up Hollywood’s continual dash toward glitz and glory.

TV & Film
Should Oscar Voters Worry About Nate Parker’s P...
The director of The Birth of a Nation was acquitted on rape charges in 2001, but the controversy is just beginning.
44 min
The Big Breakouts of 2016 So Far
Discussing Logan Lerman, Anya Taylor Joy, and Kate McKinnon's banner year. Plus: could Sausage Party get an Oscar nomination?
42 min
The Most Shocking Performance of the Year?
Discussing Isabelle Huppert's intense performance in the Oscar-y French film ELLE. Also: a rave for Pete's Dragon and a look at the New York Film Festival lineup.
45 min
Can We Like Woody Allen Movies Anymore?
A discussion of Suicide Squad naturally leads to Woody Allen and his Café Society in this week’s Little Gold Men.
32 min
Oscar Season Has (Almost) Officially Begun
Looking back at ComicCon, and ahead to the Toronto Film Festival.
47 min
The TV Sensation of the Summer?
Emmys snubs and surprises, a spoiler-y chat about Ghostbusters, and a look at the 1983 best picture Oscar race.
46 min
The Most Hated, Most Beloved Movie of the Year
Debating the merits of "Ghostbusters" and its legion of “ghostbro” haters, and much much more.
43 min
Would a More Diverse Academy Have Given That Os...
As AMPAS addresses its diversity problem by inducting a huge new class of voters, Mike Hogan and Richard Lawson get the inside scoop from L.A. Times reporter Rebecca Keegan
38 min
Summer Movie Season’s Surprise Hit
This week we have a tale of two summer movies: Independence Day: Resurgence (a sequel that nobody asked for), and The Lobster.
38 min
Will Every Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Eventuall...
Cameron Crowe has had a rough go of it since winning the best original screenplay Oscar for Almost Famous, but Showtime’s Roadies could serve as something of a comeback. Maybe.
43 min
What the Oscars Should Learn From the Tonys
Plus: discussion of Meryl Streep’s would-be summer hit Florence Foster Jenkins.
46 min
The 50 Movies That Should Have Changed Hollywoo...
We’re joined by Slate’s Aisha Harris, co-author of The Black Film Canon, a piece that highlights the 50 best films by black directors.
40 min
The Oscar Winner Butterfly Effect
With a special guest appearance from's Joe Reid, we look back at Oscar history to watch what would happen if, say, you took Kathy Bates's Oscar and gave it to Julia Roberts.
40 min
What Everyone Got Mad About at Cannes
When the Cannes Film Festival awards were announced on Sunday they were met with boos in the press room. But why?
44 min
Inside the Cannes Film Festival
Richard phones in from Cannes to fill Katey and Mike in on the highlights of this year's Cannes Film Festival
34 min
Game of Thrones Is Great, But What About Its Ac...
With Mike and Richard both en route to the Cannes Film Festival, Katey enlists’s Hollywood writer, and podcast expert, Joanna Robinson as co-host.
49 min
Rob Reiner Has a Plan to Save the Oscars—and th...
The acclaimed director of A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, and now Being Charlie weighs in on modern politics, as well as what went into making his most personal film.
36 min
How Jason Bateman Has Kept Up a 3-Decade Hollyw...
The actor and director of the new indie The Family Fang joins us to talk about his newfound directing career.
44 min
What Will Be This Year's Mad Max? Or Carol? We ...
We're joined by Indiewire's film editor Kate Erbland to run down this year's TriBeCa Film Festival.
56 min
The Best Movies of the Year So Far Are . . .
We’re a quarter of the way through 2016, and are there any good movies out there at all?
54 min
Where Are All the Good Scripts in Hollywood? Th...
This week we welcome special guest Franklin Leonard, the founder and CEO of The Blacklist
36 min
The Best Movie of 2016 So Far Is Not a Movie
Giving in to what we’ve actually been obsessed with since the Oscars, we dive into The People v. O.J. Simpson.
38 min
The 1996 Oscars, 20 Years Later
Joined by Christine Lahti, who won an Oscar in 1996, we look back at the ceremony that happened 20 years ago.
37 min
Who Is Crazy Enough To Make 2017 Oscar Predicti...
The Oscars may be over, but the seeds of Oscar season are sown well before anybody actually starts campaigning.
33 min
Explaining the Oscars
Oscar night is over, so how did it all happen, and why?
26 min
Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
In this special pre-Oscars episode, we're joined by Vanity Fair's executive director of public relations Beth Kseniak to share stories from inside Vanity Fair's annual Oscar party.
38 min
Why an Oscar Can Be Worth $50 Million
With Oscar night just days away, we welcome Deadline Hollywood’s awards expert Pete Hammond to talk about the real nitty gritty of the awards race.
50 min
Meet the Woman Who Tells Leonardo DiCaprio Who ...
This week we’re joined by the New York legend and awards season powerhouse Peggy Siegal.
33 min
Being an Oscar Nominee Isn’t as Hard as Climbin...
Room’s best director nominee Lenny Abrahamson joins us with a dispatch from the thick of awards season.
45 min
Whoopi Goldberg and Tom McCarthy Share Secrets ...
Interviews with four-time Oscars host and Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg, plus Oscar-nominated director of "Spotlight" Tom McCarthy
59 min
How Can the Oscars Actually Fix Their Diversity...
In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and the Academy's bold new rule changes to try to correct the problem, we talk about Hollywood's overall diversity dilemma, with some input from Spike Lee, Don Cheadle, and John Legend.
44 min
Why Nobody Really Knows What Will Win Best Picture
With the Oscar nominations now behind us, we take a look at the closest best picture race in recent memory, and bring back Decider's Joe Reid to talk about This Had Oscar Buzz, the 2015 class.
44 min
Explaining the Oscar Nominations
We react to the 2016 Oscar nominations with surprise, resignation, and in the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, awe that it happened at all. Plus: a conversation with Domhnall Gleeson.
71 min
The Golden Globes After-Party
While Hollywood recovers from its hangovers, we gather for a special Little Gold Men episode to digest the Golden Globes— the winners, the losers, the many surprises, and the standing ovations that tell us a lot about Oscar season.  
24 min
How Star Wars Changed Ridley Scott’s Life
As New York floods with awards hopefuls getting in face time before Oscar voting closes, we have two great interviews to share: first with Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard, the director and writer, respectively, of The Martian, and then with Sarah...
60 min
Why Is It So Hard to Pick the Best Movies of 2015?
For the final episode of the year, we look back at the year in film and the wacky Oscar race that has resulted. Plus, a conversation with Elizabeth Banks, star of Love and Mercy and the final Hunger Games movie as well as director of Pitch...
37 min
How to Use Ryan Gosling in an Ugly Wig to Expla...
Adam McKay, director of The Big Short and a fellow podcaster, joins us to talk about the sense of anger— but also humor— that led him to make the financial crisis film The Big Short, and why he absolutely had to bring in Anthony...
38 min
Can Star Wars: The Force Awakens Crash the Osca...
We’ve finally seen the new Star Wars film, so we discuss (with minimal spoilers!) whether it lived up to the hype, and what its Oscar potential might be. From there we talk to Jennifer Jason Leigh, a Golden Globe nominee for her role in...
31 min
How to Make Sense of the Golden Globe Nominations
After a crazy week of awards nominations, top ten lists, and everyone complaining about “snubs,” we sort through the SAG and Golden Globe Nominations and the critical buzz to figure what’s really happening with awards season now....
33 min
How Leonardo DiCaprio Will Finally Win an Oscar
We’ve finally seen The Revenant, so we dig into the awards potential of the grim, long Western that should finally get DiCaprio his little gold man. From there we look back at our favorite Oscar wins of the recent past, and then forward to the...
35 min
Did the Oscars Really Begin as a Publicity Scam?
Special guest Karina Longworth, host of the Hollywood history podcast You Must Remember This, joins us to explain how producer David O. Selznick bucked Hollywood tradition to put his weight behind future Oscar behemoth Gone With the Wind. We also...
34 min
And the Year’s Best Oscar Campaign Is . . . 
Vanity Fair’s executive west coast editor Krista Smith joins us to give a real insider’s look at the year’s Oscar campaigns so far, and make a bold prediction about the Best Picture hopes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And speaking...
26 min
When Oscar Buzz Goes Sour
Special guest Joe Reid joins us to talk about his Tumblr This Had Oscar Buzz and look back at movies that didn’t quite make it into the annual derby. Plus we discuss your choices for under-appreciated Oscar contenders of years past, ponder the...
29 min
Jason Segel Still Gets Starstruck at the Oscars
Our special guest Jason Segel, who plays David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, tells us what was scary about taking on the role, what it was like to attend the Oscars with The Muppets, and how the help of friends like Paul Rudd has raised the...
36 min
So, Is Johnny Depp Finally Going to Win that Os...
The Oscars may not be until February, but awards season has already kicked off. In the first episode of Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men, Katey Rich, Mike Hogan, and Richard Lawson discuss the two buzziest titles from the Toronto Film Festival,...
28 min